Professor and Department Chair, American West, American Indians, Sports History, Nebraska History
Mark Ellis is a professor and chair of the History Department at UNK. He grew up in Southern California, earning his BA (1990) and MA (1993) in History from California State University at Northridge. Leaving the sun and surf of California behind, he moved to the Great Plains where he completed a PhD in History at the University of Nebraska (1999). UNK hired him as an assistant professor in 2000. Dr. Ellis specializes in the history of the American West / Native American but also teaches courses on the Great Depression, World War II, American Sports, History and Film, and Historiography. He has published numerous articles and a book (Law and Order in Buffalo Bill's Country: Legal Culture and Community on the Great Plains) on aspects of frontier law and legal culture. He is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled The Cowboy Menace, which examines the conflict between cattlemen and homesteaders on the Central Plains during the 1870s. In another manuscript project, he is co-authoring a book on Nebraska and World War II with Dr. Volpe.